Personal injury news
Ice cream firm fined £10k following industrial accident
An ice cream manufacturer based in North Yorkshire has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,294 following an incident in which an employee suffered industrial injury when his arm was caught in a conveyor belt.
The 20-year-old was working on a production line in August 2011 when his glove got caught and his arm was dragged into the conveyor belt of a machine at the factory.
Despite managing to pull himself free, he sustained two broken bones in his arm and dislocated his wrist in the work accident.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation revealed that the firm had left a gap in the side of the conveyor belt which meant that the worker was able to put his hand into a dangerous part of the machine.
Following the hearing, an HSE inspector said, "Unguarded or poorly guarded machinery is the cause of many injuries in workplaces across the country. Employees should not be exposed to risks to their safety through their everyday work.
"[The company] failed to make sure that the dangerous moving parts of the in-feed conveyor were not accessible by the workforce on the production line. This failure could have been addressed at minimal cost."
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and to a second offence of contravening the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 following the industrial injury.